Annual Film Festivals
Scandinavian Film Festival
Jan 6-21. Writers Guild Theater. "Top films from the top of Europe," back for its 19th year.
LA Dance Film Festival
Jan 25. Los Feliz 3 Theatre. Features filmmakers from around the world exploring different genres of film that utilize dance as the main storytelling component.
The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival
Feb 7-27. Multiple venues, including Arclight Hollywood. New feature films, documentaries, shorts and videos by filmmakers who possess an independent vision and create innovative work outside the studio system.
The Pan African Film Festival
Feb 8-19. Cinemark Baldwin Hills. Showcases the broad spectrum of Black creative works.
Feb 25. Writers Guild Theater. Features award-nominated feature and short documentaries with back-to-back screenings all day.
Los Angeles Italia Film, Fashion and Art Fest
Feb 25-Mar 3. TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. One full week of celebration for the Italian excellences in cinmena, music, fashion and style.
Indian Film Festival Los Angeles
April 11-15. Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center. Showcasing films, supporting emerging filmmakers, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. www.indianfilmfestival.org
City of Lights - City of Los Angeles French Film Festival
April 23-April 30. Directors Guild of America. The 21st Annual festival will have an exclusive program of 70+ French Films this year. www.colcoa.org
TCM Classic Film Festival
April 26 - 29. Various locations. Where movie lovers from around the world can gather to experience classic movies as they were meant to be experienced: on the big screen, in some of the world's most iconic venues, with the people who made them.
Apr 26-May 3 at multiple venues in Newport Beach. Orange County's largest entertainment event. www.newportbeachfilmfest.com
May 3-12 at multiple venues. Since 1983, the LAAP Film Fest has presented nearly 4,000 films, videos and digital media works by Asian international and Asian Pacific American artists. www.festival.vconline.org/2018/
Jul 12-22 at various venues, including the Ford Theatre. The oldest film festival in Los Angeles and the preeminent LGBTQ film festival in the world.
Love International Film Festival
Jul 24-27. Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre, Beverly Hills. Focus on films and filmmakers from the international community whose work we feel brings the world closer together and promotes love and healing through cinema.
Hollyshorts Film Festival
Aug 9-18. TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. Showcases the best and brightest short films from around the globe. Devoted to the advancement of filmmakers through screenings, Q&A sessions and networking events. Monthly screenings at the TCL Chinese 6.
5th Annual Long Beach Indie International Film Festival
Aug 29 - Sep 2. Cinemark at the Pike Theaters. More than just a film festival, the three-day event celebrates diversity in film, music, and media.
Cinecon 54 Classic Film Festival
Aug 30 -Sep 3. The Egyptian Theatre. Features rare, unusual and unjustly forgotten movies from the silent and early sound era with celebrity guests and film, book, and movie memorabilia shows. Silent films include live piano accompaniment.
Burbank International Film Festival
Sep 5-9. AMC 16 Theater, Burbank. Over 100 films from 31 countries, 25 world premieres, 22 award categories and opening and closing night screenings.
Los Angeles Lift Off Film Festival
Sept 10-14. Raleigh Studios. Celebration of American and International Indie Film - a homage to the excellence of today's grassroots filmmaker. www.lift-off-festival.com
LA Film Festival
Sep 20-28. Arclight Cinemas. Showcases compelling independent films, TV and episodic working from emerging storytellers.
5th Annual Highland Park Independent Film Festival
Oct 4-7. Historic Highland Theatre 5604 N Figueroa. Screenings, red carpet events, industry mixers, and panel discussions with film professionals.
ScreamFest Horror Film Festival
Oct 9-18. TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. The largest and longest running horror film festival in the U.S. Discovering the new blood of horror and honoring the masters.
2017 Annual La Femme International Film Festival
Oct 11-14. Focuses on upcoming women filmmakers "by women, for everyone." LA Laemmle Theater: 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.
10th Annual Downtown Film Festival LA.
Oct 17-21 Regal L.A. Live Stadium 14. Features, documentary & short films, an exhibition of award-wining digital shorts, workshops on film finance, distribution & music supervision, & showcases.
19th Annual Polish Film Festival Los Angeles
Oct 17-25. Laemmle's NoHo and Royal Theatres. Presentation of films made by Polish filmmakers with English subtitles. Opportunities to meet with the filmmakers and actors.
German Currents 12th Annual Festival of German Film
Oct 19-22. Egyptian Theater. A varied selection of present-day German cinema includes features, documentary, and short films, as well as a family youth film. www.germancurrents.com